PFA 007: You are unique and highly talented

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Are you really that unique and different from every other person on the planet?
Is your uniqueness restricted to your fingerprints and DNA?
PFA 007: Show notes
On today’s show, we will be talking about you and how unique you are.  We will be looking at how that uniqueness impacts you and the world around you.
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So we have all heard that no one has the same finger prints as anyone else on the planet and that each of us has a completely unique DNA sequence.
On its own, these are huge points indicting your individual uniqueness in the world.
Just think of it.  In May 2018, it is estimated there are 7.6 billion people currently living on this planet and not one of them has the same finger prints as you!  That is astonishing!  Oh and that includes identical twins.
As I was researching for this podcast and reading up about fingerprints, I am fascinated by how their uniqueness is developed and what influences their make up.
The prints on your fingers and toes were fully developed 3 months before you are born and are formed reflecting the environment you encounter during your early stages of fetal development.  And while I am not going to get into the theories around the precise processes which lead to their development, they consist of 2 components: developmental and genetic.
So, it is not only your genes which affect the formation of your fingerprints, but also the unique physical factors which you encounter as you develop.  These include the pressure faced in the womb, the length of the umbilical cord and blood pressure.
But, as they say, that’s not all folks.  There are innumerable other environmental factors and combinations of factors which contribute to fingerprint development.  For example, oxygen levels in the blood, nutrition of the mother and the exact composition and density of the amniotic fluid swirling around the fingers of the fetus as it develops.
These and the combinations and variables they throw up ensure that over the entire course of human history, there is virtually no chance of the same pattern being formed twice.
That to me is astonishing and a good place to start in recognising your uniqueness in human history.
But let us then take the next step and that is into your DNA.
Again without getting in major biology, your DNA is unique from that of every one of the 7.6 billion people alive today.
DNA is the blueprint for your genetic makeup.  It is what makes you, you!  And it is what makes you extraordinarily unique.  The chances of another human having the exact same DNA as you, are so small that it is not really even a possibility.
For example, just examining 13 short VNTR regions of DNA, which I believe is standard in most crime labs, the chance of getting an exact twin are 1 in 75 billion.  So with only 7.6 billion people on the planet, there are very little chance of you not being unique.
So biologically you are unique and we can prove that, but in what other ways are you unique?
As this is a podcast, you are listening to my voice and although it may sound similar to someone else, the truth is that it is almost certainly not the same.  It is totally unique.  Why?
Well there are so many factors which make up the sound and operation of the human voice all of which have their own degree of variation, that the chances of my voice being the same as some one else’s, is a highly unlikely.  Unlikely enough that voice recognition software and banks are able to recognise the difference and use that difference in all manner of ways.
Your voice starts out in your lungs where it is pushed up past the trachea and over the voice box, where the air causes vibrations which produce sound.  The frequency of these vibrations determines the pitch of your voice based on the length and tension of your vocal cords.  The rest of the way out for the sound, as it travels through your nose, mouth and throat, transforms the buzzing sound from the vocal cords into your unique human voice.
Any variation in these as well as so many other factors, all work together to make your voice unique.
But let us also think of your philosophy.
Right now you have a perspective on the world, politics, your family, your business or job, which is totally different from that of any one else.  And the reason is because you are made for individual thought.
Just think of it.  In May 2018, it is estimated there are 7.6 billion people currently living on this planet and not one of them has the same finger prints as you!  That is astonishing!  Oh and that includes identical twins.
No one else thinks like you do.  The way and speed at which you analyse and weigh up situations.  The perspectives you have of yourself and your efforts.  The perceptions you have about what other people believe about you.
But not only are you unique in these ways.  You are also unique in your talents and abilities.
No one, except you, knows what you are capable of achieving.  No one, except you, knows what you are able to learn and how you could use that skill differently to someone else.
You see, your uniqueness is not just a physical or biological thing, but an emotional and mental thing as well.  Your uniqueness extends to all aspects of your life and where you are, is the place which is perfectly designed for your uniqueness to shine.
Never let anyone define you by their perceptions of you.  Never let anyone define your abilities by their preconceived ideas of your capabilities and your capacities.
Just think of it.  In May 2018, it is estimated there are 7.6 billion people currently living on this planet and not one of them has the same finger prints as you!  That is astonishing!  Oh and that includes identical twins.
These are yours to define and to build on.
Look around you.  Who is their that compares with you?  No one.  There is no one who is your equal or your competitor.
Be uniquely you and let the world around you benefit from your uniqueness and talent.
However you may be thinking, ‘That’s all well and good, but so what?  How does this knowledge change my life today, tomorrow, next week?’
Good question.
The fact is you can do very little about your biology or genetics.  You can’t change your finger prints or your DNA.  You may be able to remove your finger prints, but that will be extremely painful and frankly stupid and your DNA is your DNA.  Full stop.  You may be able to make changes to your voice, but those changes will be fairly insignificant, so these are things you are stuck with.
But you can change and improve those other things that make you unique.
You way of thinking or philosophy, for example.  That is unique to you, but you are not stuck with your past way of think for all of your life.  You can change your political perspective or your perspective on your beliefs about the universe, religion or the type of entertainment you enjoy.
For example, I have mainly enjoy rock music for as long as I can remember and that heavier and louder the better.  But recently, I began listening to Baroque style music and absolutely love it.  I have changed my music of choice.
Why?  Because I can.
Does that mean I have lost my uniqueness?
Of course not.  It means I recognise that a part of the uniqueness it my ability to make choices.  Simple.
You can change your actions and your attitudes all without losing you.  By becoming a better person, you enhance your uniqueness, not diminish it.
So this week, look for ways in which you can change and become more of the unique person you have the potential to become.
So that it for this episode.  Thanks for listening.  I look forward to chatting with you again in the next episode.
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Thanks again for your time today and I look forward to chatting with you on the next episode where I will again share with you ideas, tips and tools to help you become the best version of yourself you could possibly be.
Have a great day.  And remember to be awesome today.
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